As the commencement speaker at the all-male and historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta this past weekend, President Barack Obama used what should be a moment of celebration and honor to preach what can only be considered more of the same politics of division that seem to be the hallmark of his presidency.
While praising the graduates, Obama nonetheless seemed to suggest that it was more luck and divine intervention than intellect and ambition that got him to the White House and might be the salvation of Morehouse graduates. The Ivy League-educated former community organizer made sure the new grads were aware that — in his apparent opinion — “the bitter legacies of slavery and segregation” are not over and that not “for the grace of God” he might be in prison, unemployed or unable to take care of Michelle, Malia and Sasha.
Obama expected that “many” of the grads “know what it’s like to be an outsider, to be marginalized, to feel the sting of discrimination.” To show that he did not mean to single out blacks, Obama complained about immigration policies that allegedly target Hispanics and unfair policies and attitudes that harm Muslims and homosexuals.
This Obama speech is being criticized by members of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network, who consider the President’s words to be overly fractious and inappropriate for the venue.
Project 21 member Jerome Hudson, for instance, said:
President Obama should be ashamed of himself.
Obama’s speech at Morehouse College was needlessly divisive, sophomoric and served as a 30-minute race rant that recalls his former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright. It was not an uplifting message of pride and achievement one expects from a president in this situation.
It would be nice if, for once, President Obama could resist the urge to brazenly slander Americans as anti-immigration, Muslim-hating homophobes. He apparently cannot, and I’m tired of his hypocritical drivel.
Lisa Fritsch, another Project 21 member, added:
Once again, President Obama has shown off his prowess at giving advice that he himself does not follow and empathizing with situations he has never endured.
God’s grace is the reason so many of us have found success in life — but not landing in prison, abandoning one’s children and being a criminal also has a great deal to do with making a choice.
On one hand, President Obama tells these promising black men to make good choices. But, soon after, he justifies bad choices by blaming racism and poverty. Funny that Obama doesn’t mention that they will be able to blame his presidential agenda— namely ObamaCare — as the reason for having a hard time finding employment.
Oh well, there is always all those millions of people from China and Brazil — and our stain of discrimination to explain that pitfall.